Windstream Deploys Infinera Intelligent Transport Network(TM) for 100G Long-Haul Express Network

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SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2014) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, are deploying the Infinera DTN-X platform, featuring 500 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) super-channels across Windstream's long-haul express network. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network enables Windstream to differentiate their services, protect their investment and lower operational expense as they scale their network.

Windstream operates a nationwide fiber and IP network, covering 118,000 miles of fiber and 27 data center locations across the nation. As a cloud solutions provider, Windstream serves businesses with a wide range of cloud communication needs, in addition to offering an advanced data, voice and video network that provides customers low latency and reliable 100 Gigabit Ethernet services.

Windstream benefits from an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network featuring the industry's only commercially available single-card 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels based on Infinera's widely deployed photonic integrated circuits. This provides Windstream with a solution integrating DWDM optical transmission and five terabit per second non-blocking OTN switching in a single platform. Infinera's intelligent software combined with this converged platform automates manual operations to lower operational costs and enable faster service delivery. The Infinera DTN-X is designed with 1 terabit per slot, enabling it to scale without compromise to single-card terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet in the future.

"By deploying the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, Windstream will significantly increase the capacity of our network infrastructure to meet the needs of our customers," said Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream. "The DTN-X platform enables us to offer services that result in lower latency for mission critical applications while providing a network that is even more reliable and enables rapid provisioning of services."

"Windstream's selection of the DTN-X reinforces the value of the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network architecture," said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. "It's clear that in addition to the need for scale and efficiency, network operators value the ability to turn time into a competitive weapon by delivering the high capacity services their customers want, quickly and more reliably than their competitors."

"As the proliferation of content rich and low latency applications place greater demands for ultra-high bandwidth speeds, coupled with advances in optical technologies driving more efficient and cost-effective network infrastructure solutions, carriers deploying state-of-the-art, 100G upgrades are well positioned to meet the increasing network capacity requirements and to capitalize on the expected growth in 100GigE services," said Roopashree (Roopa) Honnachari, Program Manager for Business Services at Frost & Sullivan. "According to Frost & Sullivan's latest report on the U.S. Wavelength Services market, the total revenues (wholesale and retail) for 100GigE services is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 165 percent between 2013 and 2017, reaching nearly $120 million by 2017."

About Infinera
Infinera provides Intelligent Transport Networks to help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry's only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels. Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include the DTN-X, DTN and ATN platforms. Learn more at www.infinera.com.

About Windstream
Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. For more information, visit www.windstream.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements relating to Infinera's products including that: the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network enables customers to differentiate their services, protect their investment and lower operational expense as they scale their network; that Infinera's intelligent software combined with a converged platform automates manual operations to lower operational costs and enable faster service delivery; and that the Infinera DTN-X is designed with 1 terabit per slot, enabling it to scale without compromise to single-card terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet in the future. These forward looking statements are based on our current expectations. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect our business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 5, 2013, as well subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on our website at www.infinera.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

Contact:

Infinera Media:
Anna Vue
Tel. +1 (916) 595-8157
avue@infinera.com

Windstream Media:
Scott Morris
Tel. + 1 (501) 748-5342
scott.l.morris@windstream.com

Infinera Investors:
Leigh Salvo
Tel. +1 (408) 543-8139
lsalvo@infinera.com
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